Robin van Persie has outlined five former Manchester United teammates who impressed him the most during his time at Old Trafford.
The striker made the move from Arsenal to United during the 2012 summer transfer window for £22.5million plus add-ons and made an immediate impact, featuring in every Premier League game for the Red Devils.
In his inaugural campaign, he scored 26 goals in the league, famously helping Sir Alex Ferguson clinch his 13th title in his final season as boss.
Now van Persie has told of the five players who impressed him the most during his three seasons at United.
Speaking to So Foot, the 36-year-old said: “It’s hard to answer because most of them were impressive in their own style.
“I think you always have to be yourself, and these players were strong because they expressed their own nature.
“[Nemanja] Vidic was a warrior. He put his head where normally it’s scary to do so. He did anything to win. Ferdinand, he was more ‘elegant’, comfortable with the ball, strong in aerial play, good in long play.”
He continued: “[Ryan] Giggs was the flamboyant player, always giving the impression of being in his comfort zone. Still in great shape at 39! He did yoga and lived football all the time.”
Van Persie also said that former strike partner Wayne Rooney was a standout player, as well as praising Patrice Evra.
“Rooney was impressive in his own style too. The guy was always full on.
“Also Patrice Evra, who always spoke loudly to instil confidence in the team. Today, I know he makes ‘funny’ videos, but please don’t believe that’s all he is, as he is also a super professional and a super-intelligent guy.
“He speaks five languages – even Korean! His physical appearance shows how professional he is. His mind is as strong as his body.”
Since departing the north-west club van Persie joined Fenerbahce in 2015, where he spent three seasons, before returning to Feyenoord. He scored 18 goals in 31 games for the Dutch side before retiring in May of last year.